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NFL insider says Eagles tried to acquire Jets wide receiver prior to trade deadline - BGN
Robby Anderson would’ve been an ideal acquisition for the Eaglse due to his deep speed. The Temple alumnus runs a 4.34 40-yard dash and owns a career 15.1 yards per reception. Anderson, who turned 25 in May, also would’ve made more long-term sense for Philadelphia given that he’s young and easily retainable due to his restricted free agent status following this season. But alas, the Jets were not willing to deal Anderson prior to the NFL’s trade deadline on Tuesday.

Reasons For Optimism - Iggles Blitz
The team has won two of the last three games. They didn’t play the ’85 Bears in that stretch, but let’s look at the wins. The Eagles faced the awful Giants on a short week and dominated them, 34-13. That’s what you’re supposed to do when facing a bad team. The other win came against the Jaguars. That was no blowout, but the Eagles played with the lead most of the game. As for the loss, the Eagles dominated the Panthers for three quarters and led 17-0. Carolina dominated in the fourth and stole the win. Carolina then dominated the Ravens a week ago and dominated much of their win over Tampa today. The Panthers are red hot.

NFL playoff picture: AFC, NFC seeds through Week 9 - ESPN
Sunday’s loss to Falcons was one of the NFC’s highest-leverage games in terms of playoff probability, per FPI. Although the Redskins hold a one-game lead in the NFC East, FPI gives them a 39 percent chance to advance to the postseason. (That figure does not include all of Sunday’s action.) Losing to a potential wild-card competitor is significant. Just as important: The Redskins’ remaining schedule includes two games against the Eagles, who have won two of their past three games.

Protecting Carson Wentz is only way for Eagles offense to take off - Inquirer
Wentz is having a great statistical season, but he’s taking a pounding. He is completing 71 percent of his passes, compared to 60 percent last season, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is even higher (13:2 compared to 33:7). But he doesn’t have much time to operate and that has limited the number of big strikes for the offense. Wentz was sacked 36 times in 11 starts in 2017. He’s already been sacked 26 times in six starts this year. There are other issues, to be sure. The running game is hit and miss with Jay Ajayi injured, and if the two starting tackles can’t stay on the field, the game will get a lot tougher. The bottom line for the offense, however, is that it can’t move the ball downfield and Tate should help there. Put it all together and the Eagles are experiencing what Super Bowl champions usually experience the year after. Nearly everything has to go right to win it all. That isn’t the case at the halfway mark of 2018, but the organization is keeping the pedal mashed to the floor and hoping the engine finally kicks in.

Roob’s 10 Random Bye Week Eagles Observations - NBCSP
The Eagles’ last regular-season run from scrimmage of 22 yards or more was by Nate Sudfeld. It was his only career rushing attempt. [...] Wendell Smallwood is on pace to be the Eagles’ leading rusher this year with 514 yards. The last time the Eagles didn’t have a 600-yard rusher was 1991, when James Joseph was their leading ground gainer with 440 yards.

Inside The Eagles: Week 9 - PE.com
On this edition of Inside The Eagles, we take an in-depth look at Brian Dawkins’ journey from Jacksonville, Fla. to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Week 9 NFL insider notes: Steelers own AFC North as Ravens look broken, James Conner an MVP dark horse - CBS Sports
For the first time this season the Skins got totally beat up on both sides of the line of scrimmage. It could prove crippling. The injuries to their offensive line are a potential season-wrecker. Trent Williams should be back soon, but if Morgan Moses and Brandon Scherff are out indefinitely, it changes the entire composition of this football team. Because without the ability to beat you up at the line of scrimmage, this offense cannot function. Alex Smith can’t play from behind and this passing game won’t expand on the fly. The Eagles have to be coming out of the bye thinking there is a power move to be made in the NFC East.

Bad news for Redskins offensive line, maybe very bad - SDUT
Four of the five starters on the Redskins offensive line are injured. If MRIs don’t come back favorably, a unit that was already patchwork could be decimated. Left tackle Trent Williams dislocated his thumb last week, had surgery later in the week and will likely be out for about a month. Left guard Shawn Lauvao exited Sunday’s game on a bull rush by Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarett. By video, as Lauvao was off balance, and there is a possibility his misstep led to a left knee ACL tear. Left guard Brandon Scherf later excited with a shoulder issue. The video was limited, but my worry there is for a torn pectoral tendon, which would mean surgery and the end of his season. Right tackle Morgan Moses was rolled up on and, by video, suffered a MCL sprain. However, he returned with tape/brace. Best-case scenario is he will be hobbled for the next few weeks.

Redskins Injury Update: Trent Williams expected to miss about a month after thumb surgery - Hogs Haven
Dan Graziano reported yesterday afternoon that Williams will be out a few weeks while he recovers from the surgery. “About a month” could include this week’s home game against Atlanta, a road trip against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hosting the Houston Texans, and Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys in Dallas. Williams has played through injury before, and could return sooner, but we’ll have to see how he responds to his second surgery in less than a year.

Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao headed for MRIs - PFT
Both of Washington’s starting guards will be headed for tests after injuries forced them out of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. Right guard Brandon Scherff hurt his shoulder and left guard Shawn Lauvao hurt his knee on a day when the team was already playing without left tackle Trent Williams. Head coach Jay Gruden said after the game that both guards would get MRIs to determine the severity of their injuries. All of the injuries — right tackle Morgan Moses was out for a bit too — meant they ran out of offensive line reserves and had to shuffle the pieces they did have available.

Refocused, NFL Week 9: Atlanta Falcons 38, Washington Redskins 14 - PFF
Washington really struggled to get things going in the pass-rush against the Falcons. Ryan Kerrigan and Matt Ioannidis were both able to get into the backfield to record a sack, but outside of those two plays Matt Ryan really only faced pressure a handful of times. Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen were virtually non-existent as pass-rushers in the defensive interior. Washington’s defensive front didn’t just struggle to rush the passer; they also didn’t have many answers when it came to stopping Atlanta’s run game. Both Falcons running backs had consistent success moving the ball on the ground and on many plays they weren’t even getting touched until they were already 3-4 yards downfield.

Giants reportedly have no interest in QB Sam Bradford - Big Blue View
There is an obvious connection between Bradford and Giants coach Pat Shurmur. Bradford has been in three places — St. Louis, Philadelphia and Minnesota — with Shurmur.

5 takeaways from the Ravens’ uninspiring 23-16 loss to the Steelers - Baltimore Beatdown
2. Too little, too late? The Ravens have seven games left in the season, which makes it hard to come to any foregone conclusions that the season is over. They still have six conference games remaining, including two divisional games. The playoffs are not out of reach, but Baltimore has a myriad of issues they must fix. In no particular order, they must find an identity on offense, fix their weak pass-rush, address their inability to cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield and get Joe Flacco back in rhythm to name a few. This is certainly not an easy set of tasks, and with John Harbaugh reportedly on the hot seat, he must find answers quickly. Otherwise, he will be on a different sideline next season.

Week 9: The Patriots Just Keep Winning and They Really Don’t Care - FMIA
Last year, Paul was nine years into his Great Fog, the series of three strokes in 2008 that left him unable to communicate by speaking or writing, and we hadn’t seen each other much in recent years. I saw him once or twice a year in the last years, and though he couldn’t contribute the way he wanted, he loved sitting around listening to stories from friends like Matt Millen and Dick Vermeil and Joel Bussert, the longtime personnel man in the league office. But when I wrote my post-Super Bowl column, eight days after the Eagles’ win over New England, I thought of Paul. A lot. I spent 4,320 words describing one play, 383 X follow Y slant, the winning touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Zach Ertz, and so much of the science of it was inspired by Zim. Philadelphia used a play New England had never seen because it hadn’t been run before, with a type of motion the Eagles had used only 12 times all season, and it was a play they invented the week of the game, on an educated whim, and it worked brilliantly. Anyway, the imagination and the science and the intrigue—it’s something I really wish Zim would have seen, because he would have loved it. That column, in so many ways, was the best way I could pay tribute to him.

Brian Rolle: Leading off the Field - Players Trust
Former Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker Brian Rolle knew he’d miss the game, but he was ready for something new. ”I talked to my wife and let her know what I was feeling. She was actually shocked because of how devoted I was to the game my whole life,” Rolle revealed. “When it came down to actually making the decision to walk away, it was pretty simple.”

The Saints Are Dominant—and Look Like the New Super Bowl Favorites - The Ringer
With a 45-35 win against the previously unbeaten Rams on Sunday, New Orleans proved it has the quarterback, head coach, and offensive pieces to beat any team in the league

Michael Thomas went full Joe Horn and brought out a flip phone to celebrate his TD - SB Nation
Michael Thomas is one of the best wide receivers in the league, and had the best celebration of the season late in the fourth quarter in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Rams. Thomas burned the Rams’ secondary for a touchdown, and reached under the goal post. Out came a flip phone, where he mimicked Joe Horn’s legendary celebration from 2003:

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